America is famous for its charitable health programs in the Third World. However, medical research is often conducted under the cover of these programs. The most horrific study was conducted from 1932 to 1972 in the city of Tuskegee, Alabama, where the aim was to study all stages of syphilis in the absence of medical care.
The “material” for the study was the city’s poor and poorly educated African-Americans, who were told that they had “bad blood”. People were offered free food and medical care for participation in the experiment. More than 600 people participated in the study, 399 of whom were infected, and the rest were healthy. The patients were not isolated from their families and other healthy people.
The initial plan provided for the treatment of those who fell ill with weakly effective, but the only drugs available at that time. However, the beginning of the experiment coincided with the years of great depression and funding was phased out. Then the project managers decided to continue the trial without treatment. Even 15 years later, when penicillin became standard syphilis treatment in 1947, the trial continued without medication. In addition, in 1947, the Nuremberg Tribunal adopted a code protecting the rights of participants in medical experiments, but this did not stop the research. The photo shows the doctor and the participant of the experiment.
Since 1966, a specialist in sexually transmitted diseases, Peter Buxton, has tried to stop the experiment, but the Center for Disease Control and the American Medical Association insisted on continuing. It was only after Baxtun leaked the information to the media that the experiment was discontinued in 1972 (40 years later).
As part of the settlement, the U.S. government paid $9 million and provided treatment to survivors in Tuskegee. Out of 399 alive syphilis-infected people, 74 survived. Participants infected 40 wives and 19 children were born with congenital syphilis.
In 1997, 5 survivors were invited to the White House, where Bill Clinton officially apologized:
“What has been done cannot be changed. But we can put an end to the silence. We can admit our mistakes. We can look you in the eye and finally say on behalf of the American people that the United States government is ashamed, and I apologize … I want to say to our, I am very sorry that the federal government has organized a study that is clearly racist.”